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Archive for June, 2015

Summer @ HWS

Many students spend their summer here at HWS and they are sharing their experience with us!

Today’s spotlight is on Lesly Rivero ’17, who is double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Social Justice.


“I will be working as a Summer of Service Intern with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. For most of the summer, I will be working with the Assistant Principal of Geneva High School, Nate Schneckenburger. My responsibilities involve assisting in data collection efforts, conducting reports, proctoring exams, facilitating summer school programs, among other tasks. I will also be working with the HWS Summer Academy, which is a two week program provided by the colleges for low-income students who are driven to pursue higher education. 

After completing a service-learning course that focused on researching the Geneva community, I decided to prolong my involvement. Prior to the community engagement and research the course allowed me to become involved in, I knew very little about Geneva. I find it extremely necessary to learn about the community because our actions affect it everyday and we need to learn how to create positive changes. 
I am excited about remaining involved and helping others no matter the task. Since I have started my internship, I have been applying what I have been learning at HWS to my work and I love it! I look forward to working with my colleagues towards the same goal and learning new things everyday. I appreciate every single “thank you” I receive, and hope to give out just as many.”

Ramadan: Breaking Fast

This weekend our students came together to celebrate Ramadan: the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. To celebrate students gathered at the IC for a sunset breaking fast BBQ, in which they enjoyed some traditional food.

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As the sun began to set students Mohamed Daajneh ’16 and Banan Otaibi ’18 explain a little bit about Ramadan and their own reasons for fasting.

Here are some comments from students who attended the event:

“Awesome!<3” – Genesis Gonzalez ’17

“Superb” – Olikoye Akanle ’16

Summer @ HWS

Many students spend their summer here at HWS and they are sharing thier expeirnece with us!

First student in this series is Kimberly Gutierrez.

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“This summer I’m interning at the Centennial Center for Leadership as their research assistant. I feel very fortunate to be working with the wonderful staff here at the center. Some cool projects I have been in charge of so far are: updating the CCL’s Impact map, putting together the Annual Report, developing new ways to use the center’s social media outlets and assisting other offices with leadership training.”

Our Recent Alums: Where are they?

Patrice Thomas, a recent graduate from Hobart and William Smith colleges, shares with us his experience of his research in Ethiopia :


Follow his journey through his weekly updates/ journal entries.


NBA Finals at the IC

Students gather at the IC for the NBA Finals: Cavaliers vs. Warriors and enjoy Pizza and Wings during the game. So much excitement and energy as students cheer for their favorite teams.


Really gives a “home” space to hang out in. Love hanging out with good friends & meeting new people. -Ryan Kan ’15

Thanks to the IC for always thinking and doing so much for the students (^_^)” – Rose Cherubin ’15

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Reunion Weekend 2015

The IC welcomed Alums to share their experience since they’ve left HWS. There were many who were reunited after many years and many who were getting to know the IC for the first time. It was a wonderful weekend full of laughter, happy tears and smiles.

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Liz Witbeck 10′ shares her experience here at HWS.